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Update from Camille

Posted by on November 25, 2016

Hello!

I hope as you read, you will be blessed by how God works. I am blown away when I consider the Lord God working personally in our lives here. Through all that is happening, He has invited us to come close and share His perspective, and rest in Him. There is nothing that can even come close to knowing Jesus and walking with Him daily.

“If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’ Your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, Your consolations cheer my soul.” Psalm 94:16-19

* In September, the town leaders of Krin Krin were scheming on how to get money from the mission here, or else somehow get us to leave town. (To many of these people it seems too radical, too complicated; why can’t we just give out money and say, “God bless you?” It is complicated and it takes that daily walk with God to have the discernment necessary for working in any mission field.) Anyway, their plans failed. It’s hard to explain why, it didn’t make much sense, but it just died down. God was there through it all; Eli stood up in each meeting and spoke about how God has called us here, He is just and He’s not going to bless sin, but He is compassionate and forgiving to all who turn to Him. We love and desire to help the people physically, but most importantly we pray for their hearts to turn to Him. We are still learning their culture, but there are certain things that we cannot do because they go against God. The past two months have passed more smoothly, and a few of the leaders have asked to work together, though we are not sure of their specific motives. All of them have seen the power of God and His protection over this mission in all the witchcraft against us, bringing Eli to court, etc. and nothing has been able to stop God’s work. So many specific times I have seen God’s power when there was nowhere else to turn. We don’t know what is going to come in the future, but we do know that God is in control. Pray for us to keep following Him closely, not rely on our own strength, and give Him all the glory.

* We have just experienced another trial with Derling, the girl who has been living with the Lees for the past two years. She got into some trouble when she ran away last month and we’ve been asking God how to deal with it, and talking deeply with her about what kind of choices she’s making. Her mother is very angry and threatened huge fines and prison for both Eli and Marcos (the family who works with us in the mission here). Just this week the Lees found that Derling had written some horrible letters and felt clear direction to hand her back over to her mother. So with sad hearts we took her across the village and offered her back into God’s keeping. In His love He will be faithful to teach her what it takes to turn her heart fully to Him. These situations sound kinda crazy, and they really are. I’ve seen more crazy situations as a missionary than ever before in my life, but I have seen God, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God, but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” I Thess. 2:8

* We put on a girls’ conference Oct. 21-22 for 40 girls from Krin Krin. We really wanted to help them learn what it means to be daughters of the King. We each shared a testimony of struggles or lessons God has taught us and spent the two days completely dedicated to making this a sweet, beautiful time for these girls. They were so excited and really got to experience the special love of God that weekend. Hannah from Colorado, Nutie from Waspam, and Charissa from Puerto Cabezas joined us to lead the conference and we got to spend a few extra days with them before and after the event.

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* My friend Christina traveled from Oregon and another missionary family traveled ten hours by car and then three hours by boat to spend a few days with us. Another couple, Wesley and Jana Cooper from Arkansas, and then Morgan, Landon and Bryson Long from Missouri finished out the season of friends coming to share in life here. I especially enjoyed our Sunday morning sharing and worship times, and praying together every night. The encouragement and new perspective you all bring is so appreciated by all of us!

“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.” 2 Cor. 4:1

* We were invited to a conference in Kaukira, Honduras November 5-7. This involved traveling an hour down river, piling into a truck to Puerto Lempira (about four hours), then taking an hour boat ride across the lake and into a beautiful river area where the town in located. Eli and Marcos were able to preach and we all sang and shared a couple of dramas. I loved the beautiful peninsula and the Honduran Miskito culture- made me miss Guaimaca and my years there (but honestly, God has given me an amazingly beautiful satisfaction with Him in this place- I love being here).

 

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* The third tutoring class graduation was on October 29. It was a tough group of kids for me, but I’m trying to remember that the relationships and the example they see in Katie and I is just as important as the academic and discipline issues. We had a fun graduation party, and I was encouraged when Eli and I showed the records to the heads of education in Waspam, and they loved the program!

* Many of our friends from the US who visited were able to be part of the girls’ Bible study at my house and give fresh ideas. There are five or six girls who come consistently and seem somewhat interested in knowing God and His Word.

* It’s a busy hub of activity around here with conferences, radio messages, medical emergency trips, agriculture, all kinds of teaching opportunities, and the general upkeep of cooking and cleaning out here in the jungle.

I am looking forward to the month of December where I hope to better organize plans for the tutoring classes to start up again in January, spend a little time in Managua, and see what else God puts in my path! I won’t be going back to Oregon this winter as I usually do, but my brother-in-law and sister (Jordan and Annie), sister (Janella) and a friend (Kendra) will be coming the end of December for two weeks in Krin Krin. I’m so excited for that!!! I am so thankful for you all- watching the body of Christ work together is amazing. Thank you for standing with me in prayer. Please keep praying!

“The Lord is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all He does. The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” Psalm 145:17-18

* The third tutoring class graduation was on October 29. It was a tough group of kids for me, but I’m trying to remember that the relationships and the example they see in Katie and I is just as important as the academic and discipline issues. We had a fun graduation party, and I was encouraged when Eli and I showed the records to the heads of education in Waspam, and they loved the program!

* Many of our friends from the US who visited were able to be part of the girls’ Bible study at my house and give fresh ideas. There are five or six girls who come consistently and seem somewhat interested in knowing God and His Word.

* It’s a busy hub of activity around here with conferences, radio messages, medical emergency trips, agriculture, all kinds of teaching opportunities, and the general upkeep of cooking and cleaning out here in the jungle.

I am looking forward to the month of December where I hope to better organize plans for the tutoring classes to start up again in January, spend a little time in Managua, and see what else God puts in my path! I won’t be going back to Oregon this winter as I usually do, but my brother-in-law and sister (Jordan and Annie), sister (Janella) and a friend (Kendra) will be coming the end of December for two weeks in Krin Krin. I’m so excited for that!!! I am so thankful for you all- watching the body of Christ work together is amazing. Thank you for standing with me in prayer. Please keep praying!

“The Lord is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all He does. The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” Psalm 145:17-18

Love, Camille

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